Will try to help. My Merrifield files are a compilation of
data from many researchers over the years & my own research
to find the people in these files. It doesn't help that the
people who did the files-didn't put where they found the
data to help later researchers who want to check them--
coupled with about 15 different spellings of the Merrifield
name. I chose Merrifield to commonize the name because that
is how my Grandmother's family spelled it. I retain the
original spelling that is found on the record also-with
referance where found when I put it on the family group
sheets in my d/base. Never used to do this- and had one
heck of atime trying to find the records again!!
My Thomas Merryfield Merrifield file is this:
b 1747 Wells, Me (I disagree- I think Va or Pa).
d 1826 Mantua, Portage Co, OH; bur East Lawn Cem.
m. 24 Jun 1773 Westfield, Hampton, Mass to
Eunice Watkins (b 1772; d ___; bur East Lawn Cem with Thos.
Ch: surnames Merryfield-my commonization Merrifield
1. Sophia/Sophina Merryfield Merrifield b 1781-1785;
d. Nov 4, 1862 Orangeville, Wyoming, NY.
m 21 Mar 1799 Becket, Ma to
Richard Merryfield Merrifield (b ca 1752
Monongalia Co, Va; d 4 Jan 1814 Orangeville,
Wyoming, NY.-s/o Samuel "Indian Sam" Merryfield
Merrifield-more on this line later).
2. Oliver b 1774 Becket, Berkshire, Ma; d 28 May 1818;
m 15 Mar 1798 Beckett, Ma; Experience Norcutt
(b ca 1774 Becket).
3. Ozem b 1776 Becket; d 1 jan 1852 Scipio, Cayuga, NY;
m 17 Apr 1798 Jenny Thompson Graham (b ca 17760
4. Charlotte b ca 1778 Becket, Ma; m ___ Ward.
5. Silas b 1783 Becket; d 4 Nov 1862 Orangeville, NY
m Elizabeth Peacock.
6. John b 1785 Becket; d 27 May 1834 Mantua, Portage, Oh;
m Eda Booker- 13 Apr 1811-intent to marry.
7 Ryal Justice b 11 Mar 1788 Becket; d Sep 1, 1846 IL
m Mary Ann Palmer 11 Feb 1816 (for future researchers
should look into records of Ogle Co, IL as there
is a Ryal there @ 1850).
8. Philena Electa b 4 Oct 1790 Becket; m Samuel
Bancroft Sackett-15 Jan 1818-intent to marry
9. Lyman b 4 Sep 1791 Becket; d Feb 13, 1832 Ohio.
m Rachel Carter (b ca 1817)
10 Pleiades (b Jun 1795 Becket, d 16 Apr 1829 OH
m Cyrus Webster (b 1795 Ma) Jan 11, 1810
Berkshire co, Ma-intent to marry.
11. Lydia; b 26 Mar1798 Becket; m Caleb W. Dixon
(b ca 1798) Oct 16, 1816 Berkshire Co, MA-
intent to marry
12. Thomas Chandler b Feb 10, 1800, Becket, d 25 Sep
1881- to Oh & Mi- m Lois Gregory, Mar 27, 1825
Samuel (Indian Sam- Jr) b 4 Apr 1741
m #1 Floating Flower in the Brook
m #2 Sarah Boyd
ca 1767 MA (disagree- unless there is another
Samuel Merrifield & Sarah Boyd- dates on trees
Ch by #2:
1 Richard above-
2. Dau b ca 1770
3. Mary b ca 1773 Pa, d aft 1850 LeRoy, McLean, IL
(see Emanuel/Amanuel for more data).
4. James b 1774 Va; d 13 Aug 1837 LeRoy, McLean, IL;
bur Old Oak Grove Cem-no stone.
m Hannah Haines- she is buried in Old Oak Grove Cem,
has a stone.
m Sep 11, 1803 Gallia, Oh (11 Ch & descendants).
5.William b 1775 Pa, d ___ Spartansburg, S.C.
wife Mary A & Family in 1850 Cen. (is this the
George Mensfield woh m Mary Tatum 25 May 1795 in
N.C. or the Geoege W. of a Pa will that I have just
found?? Have just found Wlliam also.).
1850 Cen Spartansburg Co, S.C.; hh 791/791:
Mary Greer 20 f (where born not given).
William MARYFIELD 65 m Pa 1500
Mary A. ?3 f (5/63?? hard to read- forgot to record
Caroline 28 f
Clarrisa 26 f
Sponts?? 22 m
Ellitha 20 f
Robert 2 m (s/o the male Maryfield).
Istobele 1 m (s/o the male Maryfield).
792/792 _____ Greer 27 m France 500
Eliza 25 f
W. I. Greer 1 f
**see Amanuel Maryfield 1850 McLean Co, IL for
a Greer in Amanuel's hh + a Mary Miryfield 67Pa
6.Emanuel/Amanuel Maryfield Merrifield (1850 Cen McLean, IL)
b 1776 Booth's Creek, Marion, Va??; d 26 May 1855
LeRoy, McLean, IL but Old Oak Grove Cem.
m Mary Tucker 91776-1775; bur Oak Grove Cem)
26 Apr 1816 Champaign Co, OH.
1850 Cen LeRoy, McLean, North Side Old Town Twp; p 96:
1610/1647 Amanuel Meryfield 65 m farmer Penn
Mary 53 f VA
Samuel 17 m laborer Il
Abner 15 f(?) Il
Precilla Greer 3 f IL
Mary Miryfield 67 f Penn
1612/1648 John M. Canady 31 m farmer IL
Rebecca 22 f Oh
Leander 7/12 m IL
(Leander is bur at Oak Grove Cem with a
(Researchers place Rebecca Merryfield/Merrifield
Canady as s/o James & Hannah Haines Merrifield-
I just think it is strange that there isn't more
Merrifield children of Amanuel found in this area
of IL where they came with James from Xenia, Green,
7. Ann b ca 1777 Monongalia Co, Va; d ca 1806; m
Andrew Edwards (b ca 1777); dau Sally b 7 Jan 1806
Gallia Co, Oh.
8. John (A.?) b ca 1780 Springhill, Pa; d ca 1847
Portage Co, Oh; m Martha Hazelet (b ca 1785-1790
Pa) m 27 jul 1806 Gallia, Oh. (8 ch & desc).
This John buried with Thomas & Eunice; Samuel &
Sarah- researchers said is the John Merrifield/
Merryfield/Maryfield who filed for his Rev War
pension in Macoupin Co, IL. These are the Mass
branch of the family.
9. Dau b ca 1787
10 Son b ca 1794 Oh
These Merrifield families are so mixed up by early
researchers- I doubt if they are ever straightened out.
Plus the fact that people add things to their files with
? marks- share those files & the person receiveing the file
deletes the ? mark and says fact when not proven. Also-
there is a tree on ancestry.com by email@example.com
that when I emailed him about it- my email came back.
He has Mary Elizabeth Overington as wife of Samuel
Merryfield Sr (father of Samuel "Indian Sam"). Then he links
Samuel to Benjamin Merrifield, a descendant of Henry
Merrifield who came to Mass in the mid-1600s from Antigua.
I have seen files that claim that Samuel Sr was born a
specific date 1720 in Croate, England. With my 35+ years
of researching this family- I have never seen anything like
that. The people who claim this-won't post the source of
that data. There has to be a source put out for others to
see. That is what is wrong with all the gen. being done-
so many is willing to accept data without documentation!!
Then when records are presented contray to the accepted
genealogy- the records are wrong- not the incomplete "tree"
An early record in Frederick Co, Va says Samuel Merryfield
was witness on a woman's will who lived at Brandywine Hnd
before moving to Frederick Co, Va.- don't remember the
date of that record. I am sure it is in Pam's file IF I
would check it (she is a descendant of James & Hannah
From Pam- I also received the copy of the 1765 record of
Frederick Co, Va were Samuel & Mary M. (not Elizabeth)
Merryfield left their land and household good to Samuel Jr
and names all their children- John, Thomas, Richard,
Alexander, Mary, Elizabeth, Dinah & Rachel. There is some-
thing about the date of the record & the birth date of
Alexander Merrifield (m Rachael Boone 1787 Jefferson Co, Ky)
The dates are such that it is just before or just after
the date Alexander was born. The probability of a woman
of Mary M.'s age (b 1717-1720) having a child at that date
is highly unlikely. Plus add the fact that a researcher of
my Essex Family has found an Alexander Merrifield (etc) of
the age to be the Alexander of the will date.
Lot of new data & it throws a further wrench into the
established genealogy that everyone copies without trying
to prove it!! I am contrary- I am trying to put factual
data with the people in the "established" genealogy & am
finding people left out (don't know how they fit); can't
find people they say is there; etc, etc, etc. For every
question I answer- several more is posed & begs an answer!!
So, I keep trying!!!
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